College can be exhausting, with late night study sessions and a class schedule to get you out of bed early in the morning so understandably a student won’t always have the time to prep and cook a meal for themselves. These quick recipes take no more than half an hour and can be easily prepped in advance or on the spot. Perfect for any situation when you find yourself pressed for time.
1. Breakfast Jar Parfait
Simple and delicious, this ready to go yogurt parfait is perfect to bring along to any of your morning classes or as a snack between meals. All you need is some yogurt, fruit, and containers and you’re ready to go. Roll out of bed, gather your textbooks from your desk, and this parfait will be ready and waiting for you to grab and eat.
It’s so simple to prepare multiple jars at a time which is a great timesaver. If you have an unusually busy schedule it’s a good idea to prep these parfaits in advance, this way all you need to do is pop them in your fridge and take them out as you need. Quick, simple, and nothing but a jar to clean after you’ve enjoyed a healthy meal in a jar. Perfect for any busy college student.
2. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
A quick and filling breakfast, this delicious oatmeal recipe takes about ten minutes to prepare and cook. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfasts around. Get creative and tweak the recipe as you like, add brown sugar or milk to the oatmeal for a bit of taste, but don’t forget the peaches!
These sweet and succulent fruits add a refreshing taste to a quick and healthy breakfast. Feel like adding something extra? Add a handful of your favorite chopped nuts and you’ve just added heart-healthy nutrients to your breakfast of choice.
3. Grilled Halloumi Salad
While the ingredient list may look long, this delicious salad takes no more than 30 minutes of prep time. Made with delicious grilled Halloumi cheese, this salad is both healthy and satisfying. A topping made of red wine vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, and za’atar add to the flavor profile of the salad and the chickpeas high in fiber and protein give this salad that extra health boost. Quick, healthy, and delicious.
The recipe makes 4 servings, so you’ll have enough to divide into a couple small containers for lunch or dinner the next day or to share with your roommate and friends.
4. Grilled Margherita Sandwiches
Sandwiches are easy for anyone to make and this simple recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Made with four main ingredients, this sandwich is quick, filling, and easy to take with you to any class or eat on the go. The marinara and basil add extra flavor to the simple mozzarella and tomato combination of this easy to make meal.
Please note, in order to thinly slice the mozzarella cheese, it is recommended that you freeze it for 30 minutes before preparing. It is best to plan ahead when making this meal.
5. Spinach-Parmesan Dip
Need an easy snack between classes when you don’t have time for lunch? This easy to make dip is perfect for busy students. Your neighborhood grocery store will be stocked with key ingredients of cream cheese, spinach, basil, parmesan, and yogurt. The sautéed garlic adds a mellow spiced flavor to the mixture that stirs the taste buds.
Easy to pack and go, just scoop the mixture into a container and pack some vegetables or crackers in a plastic bag. Simple and quick, eat it in class (If your professor allows you to) or on your way to your next one. Make a batch over the weekend and you’re prepared for the week!